When Rev. Eddie Rivera was a 15-year-old growing up in Mexico, he was a fourth-generation Methodist. Joining the family business of ministry was not a difficult decision, but it did not feel like a calling. It felt like following his dad’s legacy.
The learnings Laurinda’s has gained through TMF’s Leadership Ministry have been transformative and have eased the weight of living out her call. In fact, these learnings have been so valuable to her that she has made a point of sharing them.
Hispanic women feel tied to traditional expectations of femininity – cooking, rearing children, cleaning. No matter how they feel God is calling them, the expectation that they will serve their families in the home can prevail over God’s call.
“I serve a ministry that is innovative. It is a ministry of and with the poor...This community is more than statistics,” Amy said. “It is filled with talented, resourceful people, and part of my work at Christ’s Foundry is simply to empower them.”
Along with purpose and courage, resilience is one of the leverage issues on which congregations will live or die in the future. What is needed to enlarge the capacity of pastors, congregations, and the denomination to become more resilient?
In 2017, the El Paso District paid 90.9% of their apportionments! The combination of participation in the learning community and participation in the covenant agreement had a monumental influence by increasing apportionment support by 20% in a year.
His unwavering belief that leadership is critical at this point in the church’s life encouraged him to make a gift. “Supporting TMF’s Leadership Ministry extends my ability to make a difference," Craig shared.